The skin surrounding the eyes is thinner and more delicate than any other part of the face. As we naturally lose our ability to build collagen with age (1% per year to be precise), wrinkles and fine lines first start appearing around the eyes. These are not the only changes that occur due to thinner skin. As the skin thins, veins behind the skin around become more prominent leading to dark circles. Finally, under-eye bags can start forming as the skin under the eyes loses elasticity.

Fortunately, there is a lot we can do to prevent and reverse these signs of aging around the eyes which will undoubtedly result in a more rested, refreshed, and youthful look. Below are some common issues that occur around the eyes and solutions to prevent and treat them.

Crow’s Feet: Causes and Treatments

Causes

Diminished collagen and regular muscle movement on sides of the eyes can lead to Crow’s feet very early on.

Treatments (Medical Spa, Aesthetic)

Botox is an excellent way to reduce the movement of muscles on the sides of the eyes which will prevent the formation of deep lines. Botox is a preventive treatment and option, and the most definitive approach is combining Botox and a wrinkle eliminating treatment like Tempsure. Tempsure is a radio frequency-based treatment that goes deep into the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin production. It is safe around the eyes and tightens the skin to erase both fine and deeper wrinkles.

Topical Solutions (Skincare)

At RenewMD, we highly recommend a combination of the RenewMD Intensive Repair Eye Gel and Retinol Lipid Complex. The Retinol Lipid Complex increases skin cell turnover which results in stronger skin. The lipids in the compound will add the needed moisture to the skin, so it also will not be necessary to add a moisturizer on top (a common addition to other retinol products). Retinol Lipid Complex at nighttime/bedtime product. The Intensive Repair Eye Gel can be used during the day and night, and it contains Lipochroman, one of the most potent antioxidants on the market, that continually repairs skin and protects against blue light (HEV) emitted from computer screens and smartphones – this light can be even more damaging to the skin than UVA/UVB because we are surrounded by it all the time.

Dark Circles: Causes and Treatments

Causes

A quick test to understand the cause of dark circles is to gently stretch the skin under the eyes. If the skin becomes darker, the dark circles are due to loss of collagen and elasticity. Dehydration and lack of sleep is also a key indicator of dark circles and under-eye darkness and bags.

Treatments (Medical Spa, Aesthetic) 

Collagen and elastin production is key to repairing and improving dark circles and bags – treatments like TempSure is an excellent option for strengthening the skin under the eyes. This area also responds to microneedling treatments in most clients. TempSure is an excellent option for all age groups, especially those looking for more firming and plumping.

Topical Solutions (Skincare)

The Intensive Repair Eye Gel protects the thin skin under the eyes from UVA, UVB, and Blue light (HEV) damage while promoting collagen growth. Strengthening the skin under the eyes will reduce the appearance of venous congestion leading to dark circles.

BAGS AND SKIN SAGGING: Causes and Treatments

Causes

Genetics and aging can play a role in the formation of eye bags.

Treatments (Medical Spa, Aesthetic)

If bags under the eyes are on the larger side surgery is a more effective option, but for milder cases, skin tightening treatments will minimize the appearance of sagging caused by age. In patients with mild to moderate skin laxity under the eyes, TempSure accelerates collagen production to tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of bags.

Topical Solutions (Skincare)

Retinol Lipid Complex is key in making new and stronger skin. It is safe to apply this all around the eyes.

The Intensive Repair Eye Gel protects the thin skin under the eyes from UVA, UVB, and Blue light (HEV) damage while promoting collagen growth. Strengthening the skin under the eyes will reduce the appearance of venous congestion leading to dark circles.